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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Casa Don Francisco Zihuatanejo
Couldn't ask for more!
Casa Don Francisco was teriffic and exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the El Dorado room; the plunge pool and the hammock were so relaxing and the view was amazing. The location (at the far end of Playa la Ropa) was perfect, as it was a bit off the cluster of Playa la Ropa, and just a 15 minute walk over the rocks to Playa Las Gatas). We learned about this hotel on Tripadvisor and wanted to give back and let everyone know what a great place this is. We have stayed in some very nice small hotels around the world, and this one is right up towards the top.
We just got back from a week at Don Francisco. We would highly recommend this intimate, boutique style hotel, steps from La Ropa beach for those looking for a classy, romantic vacation. It was designed by the same architect as Villa Del Sol, and this was evident in every visually stunning detail. The hotel was immaculately keep, with exquisite gardens and a beautiful infinity pool which we usually had to ourselves. Staff was gracious yet unobtrusive. We had a late flight out and were given the complementary use of one of the suites with a private infinity pool to shower and change in before our trip home. Our suite was the Ostion which had spectacular views from the terrace of Zihua Bay. It was spacious, comfortable, with an open air shower, mini bar, hammock and chairs on the terrace. . Excellent restaurants are within walking distance and we felt safe at all times. We loved each day in "Paradise" and will definitely return.
My husband and I stayed at Casa Don Francisco Mar 8-14. Our room the El Dorado was by far the nicest room either of us have ever stayed in. We estimated the room and deck to be between 700-800 square feet... the size of a small apartment! Our terrace was beautiful with gorgeous views of Zihua Bay, a hammock, double wide lounge chair and refreshing infinity pool. The sounds of exotic birds woke us every morning. The beach was just a short walk down the hotel driveway. A nice continental breakfast with coffee, fresh fruit, cereal, fresh pastries, toast... was served every morning poolside. The staff were awesome... Erica, Cesar and Miriam were always there to chat with us, help us with whatever we needed and give great recommendations on things to do and restuarants. We would recommend the Casa Don Francisco unconditionally. We dined at both Villa del Sol and La Casa Que Canta and had a chance to check out both hotels...our opinion was that the accomodations at Casa Don Francisco were nicer, larger and a great deal for the money!! We really liked that we could walk down the beach to grab a bite to eat or a drink or take a taxi for the equivalent of 3 or 4 dollars US. We usually chose the beautiful walk! Zihua is a great little town!! Can't wait to return!!
Small, Private villa in Zihuatanejo
Every time we travel, we try to find small, luxury, non expensive hotel (not so easy to find) Casa Don Francisco has all of the above. I like to go with my husband 2 or 3 times a year to our beautiful Mexican beaches, but is hard to find nice hotels like this one, Advertisement for this kind of hotels are mainly for European, American or Canadian tourism. Mexicans are not used to stay in B&B's, mostly stays in big, functional, tourist oriented hotels. Finding Casa Don Francisco was like finding a big diamond right on the beach. The view from our room (Ostion) was astonishing. The staff is very nice and helpful, and you are treated as at home. Tip: If you visit Zihuatanejo please have a romantic dinner at Kau Khan it's one of the best cuisines in town.
Casa Don Francisco is a beautiful, exotic small hotel that feels like a private villa. It was designed by the same architect as Villa del Sol and La Casa Que Canta, with intimate tropical gardens, tiled pools, winding stairways, and beautiful views. Our room, the Ostion Suite, was on the third level. The room was very large, with a separate closet area and enormous bathroom and open-air shower with inlaid pebble-design flooring looking out over the bay. Best of all was the deck. It was as big as the room, with a hammock, table and chairs, and lounge chair. The deck floor, woven stick railings and gorgeous beams were all made of local wood, which had been oiled and smelled wonderful. We spent hours out there, looking out at the bay and the lights of Zihuatanejo, or watching the tropical birds and squirrels in the treetops. It is one of the very best views in Zihuatanejo...maybe even the best. Our deck didn't have a private pool, but we loved the garden pool and were always the only ones there. The website photos do not begin to do this place justice. It's a work of art.
I travel the world and am very picky about my hotels. I am used to Hilton Diamond Club VIP treatment, stay at the Four Seasons, etc. as well as love my fair share of cute B&Bs. Hotel Casa Don Francisco is a little lovely hotel! The staff is super friendly and very attentive. I can't say enough good things about them. When I left, I felt like I was leaving good friends!
I´ve lived in 5 countries, travelled extensively and have stayed in a lot of hotels and resorts around the world. None quite match up with the Hotel Casa Don Francisco in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
A truly beautiful and extremely comfortable piece of "Paradise" just steps from La Ropa beach. Breathtaking views. Incredibly clean and beautiful. We were welcomed by Erica as if it were her own "home"!
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Casa Don Francisco for our honeymoon in late January 2005. We took a risk because we weren't able to find many reviews about the hotel, and it paid off. I'm submitting a rather detailed review since there aren't many out there.
Big rooms and good location
We stayed here when it first opened, and it was a great experience. Staff was nice, but not really helpful. We had lots of questions and needed recommendations, but the woman at the front desk was surprisingly a bit clueless. The owner of the hotel has a restaurant on the beach, and she just kept telling us to go there and eat. She was nice, but it was frustrating. In addition, their restaurant was not yet built, so the breakfasts were toast in the lobby. That said, our room was huge, with an ever bigger patio and private infinity pool and hammock. Every day, after the beach, we'd come back, cool down in our private pool and lounge on our wonderful deck. Overall -- gorgeous rooms, but we've had better staff elsewhere in Zihua.